Essential Items for a New Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy for the first time is a very exciting experience, which can make it difficult to remember all of the essential items that you will need for your puppy.  It is a good idea to make sure that you have all of the essential items that you will need at home before you go to pick up your puppy.   Once you have picked up your puppy, you will want to have those items ready and available for your puppy.  It is also a good idea to talk to the breeder beforehand to see what type of food your puppy eats, the toys he likes to play with and so on…

  • A crate. When picking up your puppy directly from the breeder, make sure that you have a crate, like the Life Stages – Double Door Dog Crates, with you to carry and transport your puppy in.   A crate is not only great for transporting your puppy, it is also makes a secure place for your puppy to sleep in throughout the day or at night.  It will also keep your puppy safe and out of trouble if you have to leave your home.
  • A food and water dish.  Get a food and water dish before you take your puppy home, so you can have your puppy’s eating area ready for him when he arives home.  Ask your breeder if your type of puppy has any dish requirements.  Also, if you have a small breed dog, then choose a dish that is small for little dogs and easy for your dog to eat and drink from.  If your dog is a big breed dog, then choose a dish for a large breed.  Your puppy will be growing by leaps and bounds, so it is a good idea to get a dish that is the appropriate size to avoid buying a new dish every time your puppy grows.
  • A collar and leash.  Before you pick up your puppy, ask your breeder for a measurement of your dog’s neck size and a recommedation for the type of collar that works best for that breed.  A great type of collar for any breed is a nylon collar.  A nylon collar is very sturdy and durable and will hold up well for a long time.  When buying the collar, don’t forget the leash.  You will need the leash for walking your puppy and for any types of behaviour training that you have to do at home.  It is also a great idea to purchase an ID tag to help identify your puppy if he escapes from your home or yard. 
  • Yard Containment.  If you don’t already have a fence, keeping your puppy contained can be a challenge.  Use a outdoor pen if your puppy is small enough.  If your puppy is too big for an outdoor pen, use a trolley or stake with a chain, such as the Cider Mill Puppy Tieout, to allow your puppy some freedom to find the special bathroom place.  Once your puppy has gotten a little older and bigger, you may want to consider a more permanent solution, such as an electric fence to keep your puppy safely contained in your yard.
  • Housebreaking Pads and Cleaning Solution.  These items are critical for any puppy owner and make house breaking a lot easier on you and a lot less stressful.  The Wee-Wee Pads Puppy Housebreaking Pads are great for absorbing urine and odor and make cleaning up pet waste much easier.  Use a solution, like Petastic Stain and Odor Remover, to remove the stain and odor and prevent your puppy from going again in that spot.
  • Toys.  It is a great idea to purchase a variety of toys for your new puppy to play with.  A soft toy will be comforting and fun to chew on, while a ball or tug toy will help your puppy to release some energy.

Being prepared for your new puppy makes the transition less stressful for both you and your puppy.  It will help to make your puppy feel welcome and more secure with his new home and allow to spend more time just bonding with your beautiful, new puppy!  For a great selection of both puppy and dog supplies, check out GregRobert Pet Supplies.

New Puppy Necessities and Luxuries

OK, you have decided to add a puppy to your household.

Everyone is excited! But now what? What will the new addition require? We have all heard stories of puppies chewing up things that weren’t meant to be chewed! What about house breaking? The list goes on. Take a look at the tips below for the basics to get you started and moving in the right direction.

Get Informed: The first thing you need is information! This will make for a better result and a calmer pet owner. Read up on the needs of puppies and dogs. There are many training and puppy/dog books available. A good informative book(s) is well worth your time to read.

Pictured to the right is one of our favorite puppy foods – Super Premium Bil-Jac Puppy Food.

Kennels and Crates: The little one can’t roam the house at night or when you are away! You’ll need a plastic or wire crate. The information in your dog book will tell you how to train your puppy to accept the crate. You’ll need to consider growth. Wire crates can have a divider panel to change the length of the crate over time.

You can put items in a plastic crates to limit space and simulate this. Crates should not be too big as the pet can learn to soil one end and lay in the other if the crate is too large. The crate should be big enough that the dog can stand without stooping and can comfortably turn around.

Bedding: You may want bedding in multiple locations. For example you may want crate bedding and a separate bed in the living room or next to a window/glass door so your pet can watch what is going on outside. Bedding should be easily washable.

Food and Water dishes: Consider dishes that are stainless steel or ceramic . Puppies can chew plastic. Also, these types of bowls are easy to clean and have some weight to them making them more difficult to move or tip over (especially ceramic). Some bowls have anti-skid bottoms that help prevent movement. Don’t forget to put a water dish in the crate. There are crate dishes designed specifically for use in a crate/kennel.

Likely your puppy will spend extended periods in this environment so it needs to be comfortable with water available.

Harness/Collars/Leads/ID Tags: There are times that you will need to restrain your puppies movement when they are not in their crate. For this use a harness or collar with a lead/leash.

A harness restrains various parts of the body and therefore does not pull on the neck as a collar. It is probably a better choice for larger or aggressive dogs for restraint. You will still require a collar for ID tags. It is important to have an ID tag on your dog’s collar in the case that you become separated.

There are retractable leashes that are very convenient in adjusting the length of the leash to the different requirements of changing environments. Perhaps if you see another person or animal approaching you can shorten the lead length and lengthen it as the situation changes. Some people prefer the simplicity of a standard lead/leash.

Toys: These are a must. Puppies have a lot of energy that they need focused. Otherwise you will find they choose a human item for a toy that you would have preferred they left alone. The type of toy that they will take to will vary from puppy to puppy. As example some prefer hard bones while others prefer softer items. Some like to play with a rope and others will not. You will need to experiment to determine what you pet prefers. For harder chew toys be sure to throw the toy away when it has been reduced to about half it’s original size. If your pet gets the toy to this point in a day or two than it is either too small to start with or not an appropriate type of toy for them. Harder chew toys should last weeks and not days. While your puppy is small and teething it is appropriate to try toys specifically designed for puppies.

Storage: If you do not want your floor as the storage area for your puppy items than you need a chest or some other container to keep yourself organized. Also, it is a good idea to have a sealed storage container for your pets food to keep it fresh and neatly stored. This also helps keep pests out of the food like ants or otherwise.

Repellent: If you have an issue with your pet chewing things that are not their toy than you can use a chew repellent to deter them. Typically these type of repellents are natural products that taste bad to the pet. There are also repellents that train your pet to avoid things like couches or rooms. These use various technologies to persuade your pet to avoid areas you determine as off limits.

Gates Limiting movement within your house: Likely you will not want your pet to have the run of the house for many reasoning. Some parts of your house may not be puppy proof or you may have valuables you do not want your new family member to get into. There are many more reasons to limit movement. Fore this you can use gates to restrict the area the puppy is allowed to move in.